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Saltwater Vampires

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  347 ratings  ·  59 reviews
He looked to the sky, praying for rain, a downpour, some sign from the heavens that he should refuse the abomination contained in that flask. But all he saw was the bloated white face of the moon smiling down on him …

And the sky around it was cold and clear and black …

They made their circle of blood. And only the moon witnessed the slaughter that followed.

For Jamie Mackie,
Paperback, 372 pages
Published August 30th 2010 by Penguin Books (first published August 25th 2010)
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i am pretty much a fan of any revisionist history that blames human atrocities on monsters. we gotta save face, right, and that's what monsters are for, to hang all our shortcomings upon.

so this book is about this.

the slaughter of innocents for personal gain. oops. but by blaming it on vampires, it takes some of the sting out of it. vampires can't help it - they have an innate need to mutiny and feast. but what happens when these wacky seamen from 1629 mess with some australian teens in modern
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars In 1629, the Dutch ship Batavia was shipwrecked off the western coast of Australia on her maiden voyage. Among the survivors were nearly 300 men, women, and children...but this meant that resources were severely limited and there were far too many witnesses to the mutiny swelling among the crew's ranks. Led by a vicious opportunist, a group of men went on to execute more than 100 of their hapless victims, making it the first documented mass murder on Australian soil.

How ingenious it is
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was ok

So, Saltwater vampires.... as opposed to freshwater vampires?

Kirsty Eagar's Raw Blue was probably one of the best YA fiction I read this year but this book is just a NO for me.

First of all, it is unclear to me what this book exactly wanted to be: did it want to be a dark, paranormal novel à la Anne Rice where some rebel bad-ass vampires try to become all-powerful?
Did it want to be YA fiction about some kids who love surfing but who end up in a big, messy trouble?
Or did it want to be a
Saltwater Vampires has a hugely ambitious and sophisticated plot - there's three story-lines that blend together: the shipwreck and blood pact made on the Batavia (400 years earlier), a gathering of powerful freaky-guys in Amsterdam and Jamie and his mates kicking back surfing in Rocky Head, Australia.

What I loved about this book is it's unique blend of rich prose and suspense-filled plot. It's got this laid-back Aussie pace that manages to buzz with an exhilarating, suspense-filled plot. My rea
Maree Kimberley
Vampires - I loved them as a kid & a teen. Then Twilight came along with its glittery vampire with no teeth nonsense & ruined everything. Or so I thought. Luckily Australian writer Kirsty Eager is not afraid to write vampire fiction with nasty, vile, bloodthirsty characters & restore my faith in the genre.

I suspect that, like me, Eager is a fan of the movie The Lost Boys. A couple of scenes in Saltwater Vampires echoed the movie for me, which was an added bonus. But Saltwater Vampires stands alo
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie-ya
If you like ur vampires to sparkle in the sun, break into ur house and watch you sleep, then sex you up until ur all pregnant with a half breed that has to be eaten out of ur tummy, then Saltwater Vampires is SO not the book for you. However, if you like ur vampires to be crazy scary and insanely crazy gonna eat u right up and kill you, then YAYYY!!! What up!

So here’s the deal – there is this blood pact made on this kick ass ship called the Batvia like 400 years ago. Then there is Jamie and his
Heather *champagne & sweatpants but in a goth way*
I was initially drawn to this book because 1) vampires, and 2) it was hard to find. All the copies were on the other side of the world and just too damn expensive, until somehow I happened across a cheap copy at Abe and snagged that bad boy up.

The back cover of the copy I got made this book seem reminiscent of the movie The Lost Boys, which I love. I was excited to start it because of this.

Both the movie and this book are set in coastal towns, and the book has a music festival that echoed TLB's
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There are several reasons why I should have read this book earlier. So many people told me this book was fantastic and, of course, they were right. It is a wonderful read. From the very first page I was completely sucked in (hah, oh my wit!)

Set in a small coastal town, Saltwater Vampires is, as the name would suggest, about vampires. But these aren’t your sissy, sparkly vampires. No. These are evil, bloodsucking, murderous vamps who have plans to make sure nobody leaves the Rocky Head music fest
Sep 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cover-love
'Saltwater Vampires’ is being called ‘a distinctly Australian vampire thriller’.

The book opens in 1629, and introduces the Dutch shipwreck survivors of the Batavia. Among them is Jeronimus Cornelisz, an apothecary with a questionable offer of immortality for three other survivors; David Zeevanck, Gerrit Haas and Jan Pelgrom;

The apothecary leaned forward and whispered, “You want to know about the trick within the trick.”

Skip forward to present day and we meet Jamie Mackie; a fifteen-year-old Roc
Feb 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, aussie-nz

in comparison to eagar's other novels saltwater vampires lies smack in the middle. the author's undisputed #1 being her debut raw blue , saltwater vampires is slightly better than eagar's newest work night beach .

what eagar always gets right are the character studies. saltwater vampires' protagonist, jamie mackie struggles with guilt, shame and self-hate over how he left one of his friends alone when he was needed the most. nice also, was the way the author played with various vampire clic
Aug 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like their vampires with some real evilness going on
Saltwater Vampires is a highly addictive vampire novel which will suck you in from the very beginning (pardon the pun).

I have been patiently waiting for a book like Saltwater Vampires - with real vampires - to enter the YA vampire genre, finally it has arrived! Now you may be wondering what I mean when I say real vampires, well when I say real vampires I mean the evil, nasty looking bloodsuckers of yester years none of this oh so sparkly, beautiful and noble vampires that seem to have inundated
Paula Weston
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome.

Not only is it rich with the evocative prose and authentic voice inherent in a Kirsty Eagar novel, it's got vampires!

Raw Blue remains one of my favourite books of all time - it's still firmly under my skin three years on - and is the novel that firmly entrenched Kirsty as a gifted voice in contemporary YA. The fact that she can create a complex and compelling paranormal thriller involving vampires without losing that voice blows my mind.

Without the vampires, this would sti
The Reading Raccoon
Saltwater Vampires by Kirsty Eagar is a dark and gritty teen novel about a group of Australian surfing teens that are the only thing that stands between a normal holiday break and a complete vampire takeover.
I grabbed this because I’ve really enjoyed the last two books by Kirsty I read AND because it was giving me total The Lost Boys vibes. It’s definitely not the dreamy romantic teen vampire book of yesterday since the villainous vampires are the result of a mutiny and massacre in the 1600’s.
Steph Su
Sep 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
There are few authors I would trust to write a truly original and good vampire story. Kirsty Eagar is one of them, and she delivers beautifully with SALTWATER VAMPIRES, her sophomore novel. Quirky, fast-paced, and sprawling, SALTWATER VAMPIRES should be your next read if you’re looking for a book that’s, well, pretty much like no other.

Usually the adjectives “quirky,” “fast-paced,” and “sprawling” aren’t used together to describe one book, but hey, this is Kirsty Eagar we’re talking about here,
Apr 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Cool read. Very cool as in bad vampires, secret societies and all, even that bit of alternate history where the baddies really are as monstrous as the act related. Then the fact that there were demons of the personal sort, for Jamie in particular.

As usual, Eagar’s writing is slow, specific and deliberate. And unlike Night Beach, this one is clearer on what it’s trying to do. That is to scare you brainless. Never did things get to that point with Night Beach as half the time I was wondering what
Becci Burrell
Aug 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Becci by: Kirsty Eagar and my teacher
This is an amazing book, not like twilight by any means. It is one of the booksw which i could not put down (read it in just under a week even with assignments at school). Kirsty gave my Extension 1 English class a copy each and I for one loved it. I recommend to anyone to read it.
Oct 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: tor-com, high-seas
So it’s summer (at least here in the northern hemisphere), which means the days are longer, the nights warmer, and readers are busting out their beach reads. So what do I cozy up with as my first pick of the summer? Saltwater Vampires by Aussie YA author, Kirsty Eagar.

If you didn’t find the ocean a tad bit creepy before (and you should, just think of how many people have died in there), you certainly will now. Sign on here for bloodsuckers, revisionist history, secret societies, and of course—so
If you look for your vamp lit with accessible supes, the kind who can be redeemed with luuurve and are actually misunderstood creatures, you got the wrong book here. Kirsty Eagar's vamps are made of equal parts evil ambition and diabolical craftiness.

That's not to say there isn't redemption. But it's not where you think it would be in a paranormal tale, nor is it received with everything folded up neat and even. No, this is a tale of choice and consequence, of truth and action, with an actual h
A. Bookzilla.
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read vampire books - as a matter of fact, I stay away from them because they do nothing for me. It's just the fact that I'm a Kirsty Eagar fangirl that made me read this book.
So maybe this book is not that special within the genre, but I absolutely loved it because it felt different. I suppose (and I always want to write I reckon after I read a Kirsty Eagar book) that if I had to step out of my comfort zone and read a vampire book, this was a good choice.

Kirsty Eagar took a real
Aug 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, aussie-title, vampires
My first attempt at reading Saltwater Vampires, didn't go so well. The prologue's historical significance was lost on me, seeming a bit too overwhelming for me to really catch on to what was happening. But, something about the ominous tone told me to I needed to revisit the story, especially since I couldn't stop wondering about it. And boy am I happy that I didn't give up on it because then I would have really missed out on the very elements about vampirism that makes this breed of immortals so ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Dec 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie-author

Ah Kirsty Eagar, how I love thee (in a non creepy way) let me count the ways 1 is Raw Blue, 2 is Night Beach and 3 is Saltwater Vampires, 4 better be coming soon (I need more love in my life!)

Seriously, I have been wanting to read Saltwater Vampires for months and finally slotted it into my schedule despite the demands on it. An Australian YA paranormal thriller, Saltwater Vampires twists the famed mutiny and massacre that occurred after the shipwreck of the Batavia off the West Australian coast
Mari - loves to read
Sep 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
“Saltwater Vampires is a distinctly Australian vampire thriller.” now that was a great sales pitch, it really grabbed my attention. I've never read any vampires novels set in Australia, it sounded like an original idea and I loved the fact that these vampires had a story connected to a real historical event. When I read a review of the novel over at The Book Nerd Club I knew that I had to buy myself a copy. However that was not all that easy, I soon discovered that the novel was only released in ...more
Kirsty Eagar is such a fantastic writer. She sketches characters so clearly that even though you're introduced to so many at once, there isn't that "Who is he/she again?" moment of confusion where you have to flip back through the book. Her characters in this book actually reminded me a bit of Ellie, Lee, Homer, etc from John Marsden's Tomorrow When the War Began series, which I loved. Having said that, I wish the vampire element was removed from this story because that was the weakest part. If ...more
 Soph - Lock&Key
2.5 stars

This book was exactly as it was described as: A vampire thriller. It was okay, but its not one of those books that stick with you long after you read them. It was refreshing, though, to read something Australian.
Ramona Wray
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was Kirsty Eagar's first book (ironically, last for me to read). Airtight plot, multifaceted characters, interesting moral predicaments - however, as one who's read Raw Blue, and most importantly, Night Beach, I think this one lacks in something. Nevertheless, a great read. ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vampires and surfing. Two of my favorite genres come together in this book and create a world I really, really dug. This book is like a modern day Lost Boys. I liked the storyline, the history woven through, the characters themselves and that cool little sidenote at the end which could lead to another book. This was intelligent, masterful storytelling with a definite Australian flair. Kirsty Eager has definitely become one of my favorite authors. I really wish I could get ahold of Night Beach al ...more
Very very slow paced. It would have been much more interesting with a lot less filler.
Jan 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: guest-review
Originally posted at http://allthingsurbanfantasy.blogspot...

400 hundred years ago four men made a pact sealed in blood and violence. The time has come for that pact to be fulfilled.
Jamie Mackie expects this summer to be like all others. Plenty of surfing, fun, and money from the yearly music festival. All that’s about to change when vampires headline at the festival.
If all goes like planned, Jamie and his town will never see the light of day again.

Kristy Eagar’s SALTWATER VAMPIRES is a bold a
Salwater Vampires inspired a new shelf--"just genuinely good"! There's no guarantee it will have any company, though. (I'll take another look at my rated books so far and see, but...) Anyway, that's how I feel about this book. It was just plain awesome. I mean, nothing went wrong here. And I did that thing again where I get really excited about a book towards the end and can't bear to read the last like 15 pages or so for fear of leaving behind something I love so much forever haha.

There's somet
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Saltwater Vampires takes a real historical atrocity (the mutiny and massacre of at least 110 people following the 1629 shipwreck of the Batavia) and reimagines it as vampiric turning ritual ('Vampires did it' makes it seem less awful, somehow). The historical angle is well-executed and intriguing. Most of the story occurs in the present day, and centres around Jamie and his friends becoming embroiled in another terrible vampiric plot centred around the local music festival. It's fun and fast-pac ...more
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Kirsty Eagar grew up on a central Queensland cattle property and spent her school holidays at the beach. After studying economics, she worked on trading desks in Sydney and London before changing careers, wanting a life where she could surf every day. She travelled around Australia for a couple of years, worked a variety of jobs and began writing fiction. Her debut novel, Raw Blue, was published b ...more

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